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Giants Coach Offers Obama Encouragement During White House Visit

During a visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, coach Tom Coughlin gave a thinly veiled endorsement of President Obama in his speech on the South Lawn.

The Giants made the customary trip to the White House after their stunning 21-17 Super Bowl victory four months ago over the New England Patriots. The Giants also beat the Patriots in shocking fashion in 2008, the year of Obama’s first election win.

Coughlin said he hoped the Giants visiting the White House “was not a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“We both have a goal to get back here next year. We have a lot of work to do,” Coughlin said as the crowd cheered and the president pat him on the back.

Then Coughlin kept going with the political references, this time taking a swipe at Congress.

“Offense, defense and special teams doing their job,” he said. “Each group having different objectives and motives but playing in harmony for each other, for the good of everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress operated the same way?”

That drew a smile from the president.


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